Electrical Fire Causes Power Outage at Atlanta Airport; Flight Delays Expected

An electrical fire cut power to a concourse at Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Friday morning, creating flight delays.

The fire, reported around 6:30 a.m. EST in an electrical closet, was put out and no injuries were reported, airport spokesman Herschel Grangent said. Utility crews were working to restore power, he said.

Gateways to planes were not functioning because of the outage, Grangent said.

Delta Air Lines spokeswoman Betsy Talton said about 120 incoming and outgoing flights have experienced delays. Crews were working to process passengers manually and get them on board the planes as quickly as possible, she said.

"That means getting people checked in and on board and seated, and other things that have to happen to get people off," she said.

She advised people to check the airline's Web site for arrival and departure times.

Georgia Power Co. spokeswoman Carol Boatright said a crew was on the scene to help the airport identify what the cause of the fire. She said the problem was with the airport's equipment.